Please click ‘expand’ above to read a free advance preview of The Original E Book of Rude, Insulting, Bad Taste & ‘Obscene’ Songs. There is a clickable link to every song listed, if out of date please do a search and let us know the new link. This is a work in progress (to be published by Barncott Press). Updates to the listings will be posted here. If you like the idea and know any suitable songs, please send via the email form here. Thank you.
This will be a rare opportunity to meet two great writers and poets; Serbian poet and academic Nina Zivancevic (also Allen Ginsberg’s personal assistant for many years) + Neil Oram, best known as the author of ‘The Warp’ (an extraordinary 22 hour play celebrating ‘alternative living’ performed at the ICA, Roundhouse, Edinburgh Festival and other venues in the 1980’s, 90’s and early 2000’s).
Nina will be accompanied by composer and ‘multi-instrumentalist’ Zoran Petkovic on electric keyboard.
There will also be special guest performances including American-exile poet Win Harms, author of In Harms Way. Her latest book of poems Boys n Booze is currently ‘in production’.
The event will be hosted by the author and poet Niall McDevitt.
7.00 – 7.10: Introduction by Niall McDevitt.
7.10 – 7:30: Nina Zivancevic (with Zoran Petkovic on key board).
7.35 – 8.00: Neil Oram.
8.00 – 8.30: Refreshments, book signing.
8.30 – 8.40: Introduction + Win Warms.
8.40 – 9.00: Nina Zivancevic.
9.05 – 9.30: Neil Oram.
9.30 – 10.30: Discussion about poetry, publishing etc + book signing.
7-10.30 pm @ Poetry Café, The Poetry Society, 22 Betterton St, Covent Garden, London WC2H 9BX.
- Nina Zivancevic (website)
- Neil Oram (website)
- Neil Oram (Wikipedia)
- The Warp (website)
- Warp Review (International Times)
- Win Harms (website)
- Niall McDevitt (Poetopography website)
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More information about Memoirs of An Underground Filmmaker plus ordering details are here.
London’s unique ‘Word on the Water’ Book barge has been refused a permanent trading mooring on the canal-side at Paddington, by the Canal and River Trust (CART), in favour of a huge property corporation called British Land who claim they want to branch out and start a floating coffee shop (there are already 13 coffee shops in the immediate area).
If this travesty goes ahead this popular bookshop will be forced to abandon the site and will probably have to close. As part of a growing campaign to save the bookshop a petition has now been signed by over 3000 people. The bookshop’s many fans and customers include Steven Fry, the actor, Tv presenter and outspoken activist.
A number of authors have lent their voices to the campaign including Elizabeth Speller, and Michael Bywater, who collaborated with Douglas Adams on the Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy.
The Canal and River ‘Trust’ have responded on the petition page with a statement which can best be described as utter baloney.
After the Canal Trust’s lame excuses, see the brilliantly informative response from Michael Bywater which explains exactly why the ‘Trust’ response is so dishonest and unacceptable, followed by other comments.
Please sign the petition. This is turning into a PR disaster for the Canal & River ‘Trust’. You can help make it even worse for them, then maybe they might start to see the error of their ways.
UPDATE: CART ignored canal users consultation to create this problem for themselves.
Lee Harris, author of Echoes of the Underground published by Barncott Press will be reading extracts from the book at Perspectives, an all day indoor ‘mini-festival’ on the 16th November at The Bartoli Gallery, 124 – 128 Barlby Road, London, W10 6B. 3pm – 11 pm. Full details below:
A Journey Through the Senses : Exploring Music, Culture & Art
Join us for an all day indoor mini-festival, Perspectives. Curated by Cosmic Buddies & Sangita Sounds who seek to bring together a host of talented creators who share their works in Music, Art and Culture, Film, Poetry and Readings with those who appreciate their original and colourful persectives in the comfortable surroundings of West London’s Bartoli Gallery.
Antoinette Auvermann (Ceramics and Sculpture) // Sara Tiara (Fascinators & Headpieces) // Valerie Kieffer (Jewellery) // Lucy Dans les Nuages (Funky Bags) // Sabine Fouchier (Millinery and Felt) // Indigo East (Clothing)
Healing Arts Practitioners // A fine selection of Herbal Teas // Italian Restaurant & Licensed Bar serving Meals & Snacks // Comfortable Lounge area with ample seating // Crystal Sound from Tiger Sound System
3pm untill 11pm
16th November 2014
The Bartoli Gallery
124 – 128 Barlby Road, London, W10 6BL
Tickets : £5 Advance £7 On the Door
Available from Alchemy, 261 Portobello Road, W11
Transport Details :-
TUBE : Ladbroke Grove
OVERGROUND : Kensal Rise
BUS : 23 • 52 • 70 • 228 • 295 • 360 • 452
BICYCLE : Grand Union Canal
The Blue Bus is pleased to present a reading by Nina Zivancevic, Giles Goodland and David Miller on Tuesday 18th November from 7.30 at The Lamb (in the upstairs room), 94 Lamb’s Conduit Street, London WC1. This is the ninety-fifth event in THE BLUE BUS series. Admissions: £5 / £3 (concessions).
Nina Zivancevic was born in former Yugoslavia but most of her life she has lived on both sides of the Atlantic where she has performed widely throughout the U.S. and Europe. She has 20+ books of poetry and fiction published and her work has been widely translated. A former assistant to Allen Ginsberg, she has also worked for many years with renowned theatre companies such as The Living Theatre and La Mama in New York. Her poetry readings and solo performances draw breath from such working experiences. She lives in Paris and teaches Avantgarde Theatre at la Sorbonne. Most recently she has obtained Bourse de Creation, a distinguished poetry grant from French Centre nationale du Livre. Nina Zivancevic will present her new book LETTERS TO MYSELF published by Barncott Press in 2014.
David Miller was born in Melbourne (Australia) in 1950, and has lived in London since 1972. His more recent publications include The Waters of Marah (Shearsman Books, 2005), The Dorothy and Benno Stories (Reality Street Editions, 2005), In the Shop of Nothing: New and Selected Poems (Harbor Mountain Press, 2007) and Black, Grey and White: A Book of Visual Sonnets (Veer Books, 2011). He has compiled British Poetry Magazines 1914-2000: A History and Bibliography of ‘Little Magazines’ (with Richard Price, The British Library / Oak Knoll Press, 2006) and edited The Lariat and Other Writings by Jaime de Angulo (Counterpoint, 2009) and The Alchemist’s Mind: a book of narrative prose by poets (Reality Street, 2012). Spiritual Letters (Series 1-5) appeared from Chax Press in 2011, and a double CD recording of David Miller reading this same work came out from LARYNX in 2012. He is also a musician and a member of the Frog Peak Music Collective. His Collected Poems, Reassembling Still, was published by Shearsman Books in 2014. His A River Flowing Beside will appear from Hawkhaven Press in 2014 and Spiritual Letters (Series 6) from Like This Press in 2015.
Giles Goodland was born in Taunton, was educated at the universities of Wales and California, took a D. Phil at Oxford, has published a several books of poetry including A Spy in the House of Years (Leviathan, 2001), Capital (Salt, 2006), What the Things Sang (Shearsman, 2009), Gloss (Knives Forks and Spoons Press, 2011) and The Dumb Messengers (Salt, 2012). He works in Oxford as a lexicographer and lives in West London. In 2010, he won the 2010 Cardiff International Poetry Competition. He also writes academic papers on lexicography and on Shakespeare.
This is the Serbian poet Nina Zivancevic’s most accomplished book of poetry written in English. Having escaped a multitude of multi-layered and multicultural traps as might be expected of any immortal poet,, in her latest book of verse she comes back to her origins. The poem ‘Phoenix’ reflects the poet’s personal cycles of life in more ways than one but how many tmes can she emerge from the fire? “The Cure” is simply the poet’s dialogue with her own death, having realised that all her negotiations with the possibilities of rebirth were over. A profound and essentially lyrical book which recalls the brave dialogues of the Stoics; “Death is nothing and I am not afraid of it”.
“Everything she learned about poetry,- she learned from me!” Allen Ginsberg, three months before his death.
“Brilliant.” “Somewhat like Picasso.” Genevieve Huttin, poet, philosopher, radio commentator.
“Letters to Myself give life that supreme sense of urgency and change, and time, and meaning. I love this new collection.” Johny Brown, Band of Holy Joy, sound sculpture, poet, playwright.
“Often irreverent, prophetic but always abundantly generous, Nina Zivancevic’s Letters are addressed to the self and to the world at large. An essential European poet for our times.” James Byrne, editor of The Wolf Magazine, poet, teacher.
“Throwaways no one would throw away, conversation no one normally hears, confessions of a woman more sinned against than sinning, her poems revel in their simplicity and sophistication. Behind the comic mask, a lot goes on. Witness the effortless grand canvas of ‘Berlin’ to see how a bohemienne writes on the move, touching the European pulse. Niall Mc Devitt – International Times, Irish poet.